Breaking Point: Anger over Beijing’s Lockdowns and Zero-Covid Policy as protests ignite across country

Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • China’s Covid revolution: Three years of growing anger over Beijing’s obsession with failing lockdowns is exploding across the country…. but Xi ‘will crack down and punish protesters severely’
  • Protests against Xi Jinping and his zero-Covid policy are sweeping across China
  • Explosion of anger as three years of failing lockdowns became too much to bear.
  • Hundreds took to streets in an unprecedented display of anger against his rule
  • Experts warn crackdown is ‘inevitable’ with activists facing ‘severe punishment’
  • Clashes between activists and police have already taken place in Shanghai – which suffered through a months-long Covid lockdown earlier this year – with BBC cameraman Edward Lawrence arrested and beaten by officers in the city.

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Remember Canadian Pastor who was jailed repeatedly during COVID? Court of appeals overturns his conviction

Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • ‘Slam Dunk Win’ for Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski Who Was Repeatedly Jailed for Church Meetings
  • The saga surrounding Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski took another turn last week, when he secured a legal victory, with the Court of Appeal of Alberta overturning his convictions for civil contempt.
  • This means Pawlowski’s punishment for hosting public church gatherings during COVID-19 restrictions was tossed aside, with the court ordering some fines be returned to him and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski.
  • The win was announced via Twitter by Sarah Miller, an attorney for Pawlowski, who called the triumph a “slam dunk win.”

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CDC monitored cell phone location to perform analysis of compliance

Isaiah 1:23 “Your rulers are rebels, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe, And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

Important Takeaways:

  • CDC Tracked Millions of Phones to See If Americans Followed COVID Lockdown Orders
  • Newly released documents showed the CDC planned to use phone location data to monitor schools and churches, and wanted to use the data for many non-COVID-19 purposes, too.
  • (CDC) bought access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance  with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation
  • SafeGraph, the company the CDC paid $420,000 for access to one year of data, includes Peter Thiel and the former head of Saudi intelligence among its investors. Google banned the company from the Play Store in June.
  • Zach Edwards, a cybersecurity researcher: “The CDC seems to have purposefully created an open-ended list of use cases, which included monitoring curfews, neighbor-to-neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies, and also a variety of analysis with this data specifically focused on ‘violence.’”

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400 Million under Lockdown or Partial Lockdown across China

Revelations 6:8 “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

Important Takeaways:

  • The biggest risk to the global economy no one is talking about
  • Nearly 400 million people across 45 cities in China are under full or partial lockdown as part of China’s strict zero-Covid policy. Together they represent 40%, or $7.2 trillion, of annual gross domestic product for the world’s second-largest economy, according to data from Nomura Holdings.
  • Analysts are ringing warning bells, but say investors aren’t properly assessing how serious the global economic fallout might be from these prolonged isolation orders.
  • Most alarming is the indefinite lockdown in Shanghai, a city of 25 million and one of China’s premiere manufacturing and export hubs.
  • The quarantines there have led to food shortages, inability to access medical care, and even reported pet killings. They’ve also left the largest port in the world understaffed.

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Shanghai’s Zero Covid Policy literally have residents starving as cases increase

Revelations 6:8 “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Apocalyptic scenes in Shanghai’s rebellion against Zero Covid chaos: Residents attack police after being evicted to create quarantine centers and try to break barricades in hunt for food… while hazmat-clad Communist thugs still can’t stop cases going up
  • Dozens of buildings in the city have been converted to makeshift isolation hubs as PPE-clad local officials struggle to contain record infection rates, which have surpassed 25,000 in recent days.
  • Restrictions have seen residents confined to their homes and face food and water shortages, with other clips show locals bursting through barricades demanding food.
  • Strict lockdown rules have been in place city-wide since April 3 in a bid to control the super-transmissible but milder Omicron strain. But cases in China are still on the rise.
  • Pressure on the city to bring its outbreak under control is mounting from above, with President Xi Jinping warning on Wednesday that strict virus measures ‘cannot be relaxed’ and proclaiming that ‘persistence is victory,’ in a speech published by state media.

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Two New Omicron Sub-Variants have Popped Up in NYC

Revelations 6:8 “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Two NEW sub-variants of the Omicron ‘stealth’ variant are discovered in NYC as cases jump 60% in the Big Apple and some experts warn they could be a setback for the US: HHS EXTENDS America’s Covid state of emergency until July
  • New York health officials have detected two fast rising sub-strains of the BA.2 COVID-19 ‘stealth’ variant, which is itself a sub-variant of Omicron
  • The ‘stealth’ variant makes up 86% of US Covid cases, the CDC revealed during its weekly data report earlier this week
  • Some experts, including those at the WHO, warn that it is too early to put the pandemic behind up and it will continue to be a threat going forward
  • The Department of Health and Human Services also extended the country’s Covid state of emergency into July as cases rise in some parts of the country

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Philly brings back Mask Mandate after recent spike in Covid cases

Revelations 6:8 “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Philadelphia revives mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge
  • “Starting today, we’re asking businesses to dig up those ‘masks required’ signs and start hanging them in your windows,” Cheryl Bettigole, the city’s health commissioner, said in a news conference Monday afternoon. “Beginning Monday, April 18, our health inspectors will begin enforcing the mask mandate again,” she added, noting that the city is allowing a week’s grace period to get the word out.
  • Philadelphia is now experiencing 142 new COVID-19 cases a day, a rate that is more than 50% higher than what the city was seeing 10 days ago.

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US officials ordered to leave Shanghai as new surge in Covid cases expand

Revelations 6:8 “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.”

Important Takeaways:

  • U.S. State Department orders all non-emergency government staff in Shanghai to leave as Covid surges
  • The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government staff and their family members in Shanghai to leave as Covid surges.
  • The department had issued a travel advisory on April 8 warning U.S. citizens about “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” and Covid-19 restrictions.
  • On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the U.S. characterization of China’s Covid policy was a “groundless accusation” and that the Chinese side has assisted foreign diplomats and consular staff on Covid-related issues as much as policy allowed.

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America’s People’s Convoy Has Begun Making its Way to DC

Important Takeaways:

  • America’s People’s Convoy gets ready to roll! One thousand trucks begin 11-day drive from California to D.C. TODAY to protest COVID mask and vaccine mandates
  • The organizers also claim the convoy is ‘about freedom and unity,’ noting the truckers are ‘riding unified across party and state lines and with people of all colors and creeds’
  • Organizers and participants argue the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and mandates are unconstitutional and claim the ‘government has forgotten its place’
  • The People’s Convoy has called on the federal government to end the National Emergency enacted at the start of the pandemic, which President Joe Biden extended on Friday despite calls from Congress to end it
  • The District of Columbia government – including Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser – and the U.S. Capitol Police are requesting the National Guard assistance
  • DC leaders have also increased police presence in the city and plan to reinstall the fencing that surrounded the Capitol complex for much of 2021

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Record orders for Robots in 2021 while Covid kept people home

Important Takeaways:

  • Robots marched on in 2021, with record orders by North American firms
  • More robots joined the U.S. workforce last year than ever before, taking on jobs from plucking bottles and cans off conveyor belts at trash recycling plants to putting small consumer goods into cardboard boxes at e-commerce warehouses.
  • Companies across North America laid out more than $2 billion for almost 40,000 robots in 2021 to help them contend with record demand and a pandemic-fueled labor shortage.

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